The composer and conductor Josep Planells Schiaffino was born in Valencia in 1988. He obtained his Clarinet Diploma at the Conservatori Superior de Música de València and his Composition Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree under the guidance of Arnulf Hermann and Hanspeter Kyburz at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. During this time he also received tuition from Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Wolfgang Rihm, José María Sánchez-Verdú and Mauricio Sotelo. After his studies he continued to live and work in Berlin as part of the State of Berlin’s Elsa-Neumann-Scholarship. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Cambridge University supervised by Richard Causton and funded by an Honorary Vice-Chancellor's Award of the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust and a Pigott Doctoral Studentship.
Josep Planells Schiaffino has collaborated with a number of ensembles and orchestras, among them the Ensemble Modern, Basel Sinfonietta, Ensemble Mosaik, Studio MusikFabrik, Zafraan Ensemble, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Remix Ensemble, Sigma Project, Bayerisches Landesjugendorchester, IEMA, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, WDR Sinfonierochester Köln and the Kritisches Orchester at the Theater Basel, Fondation Royaumont, Lucerne Festival, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Fundación Juan March, Auditorio Nacional de España, Festival Mixtur Barcelona, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Casa da Música Porto and the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.
For his music, he has been awarded many distinctions, including the Roche Young Commission of the Lucerne Festival, the New Scenes IV of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the DAAD-Prize, 1st Prize “Vorhof der Völker” Berlin, 3rd Prize in the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb and the 1st Prize in the INJUVE Competition. His commissioned works include a piece for the conducting workshop INTERAKTION, Zafraan Ensemble, Sigma Project and for the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, where he resided as part of the Composer's residence of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
As a conductor, Josep Planells Schiaffino has been assisting Franck Ollu since 2015, with whom he participated in the productions of Rihm's Jakob Lenz at the Staatsoper Berlin (Dir. Andrea Breth), at the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin for the Festival Ultraschall and in the Xenakis' Oresteia at the Theater Basel (Dir. Calixto Bieito), making his opera debut when he conducted two performances in April 2017. He studied with Fred Buttkewitz in Berlin and took part in several master classes with Peter Rundel in Oporto and with Peter Eötvös in Budapest and Munich. 2015 he won the 1st Interpretation Prize in the Hanns Eisler Competition. Recently, he worked with Matthias Pintscher and Heinz Holliger as part of the Lucerne Festival Conducting Fellowship.
Throughout his studies, he obtained support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Förderverein of the HfM “Hanns Eisler”, La Caixa/DAAD and the Peter Eötvös Foundation.